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Refinishing the BrightworkAll of the brightwork on the boat needed refinishing. The companionway cover rails were in very bad need of restoration, so much so that replacement was a serious consideration. However I decided to just refinish them - I really had nothing to lose as I had to buy the varnish anyway since everything else needed it. I also wanted to redo the fasteners for the rails. They were held on with screws countersunk and capped over with plugs. It looks nice, but it pretty much requires refinishing on the boat. So I wanted to remove the rails, and change the screws to oval head stainless with the heads exposed so that they can be easily removed in the future. That makes it easy to refinish the rails when they need it again, or to remove the companionway cover for any reason should that be required.
The companionway vertical rails have screws through, so it was very easy to remove them for refinishing, and I was glad I did, as the backs needed new varnish pretty badly. I'm not sure the backs had ever been varnished.
November 21, 2010Its 60F outside today so warm enough to take the brightwork out to the garage for the first coat of Interlux Schooner Gold. I'm glad I took it out to the garage, as this stuff really stinks! Mrs. Boyd would have had a fit if I smelled the house up with her having a home decorating party tomorrow.
November 26, 2010Got new screws (oval head) for the companionway cover slide rails, and did the countersinking on each hole, so now I'm ready to put on some more varnish. The problem is, the varnish stinks too much to use in the house and its too blamed cold outside now to do it outside (27 F - winter weather has finally arrived in the Ohio valley). I'm wondering if I have a friend with a heated garage where he might let me do this, or if I should just go ahead and get a wood buring stove for the garage and do it there. That might be the better long term decision.
After many months of waiting for nice weather, we finally got a day and I got the first coat of varnish on the toe rails. I'm really tickled with this.
Note that the photos aren't very good. I was using my Vivitar HD camera. Its not much.
Another couple of coats of varnish and it'll be good to go!
All of the brightwork is refinished and back on the